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0910UTEPRifle LOCATION: El Paso, Texas


COLORS: Dark Blue, Orange & Silver Accent




PRESIDENT: Dr. Diana Natalicio



CONFERENCE: Independent



HEAD COACH: George Brenzovich

ALMA MATER: King’s College, 1969


RIFLE PHONE: (915) 747-6651 RIFLE FAX: (915) 747-5162



ASSOC. A.D. FOR MR: Jeff Darby

RIFLE CONTACT: Angela Olivas


OFFICE PHONE: (915) 747-6451 MR FAX: (915) 747-5444


Follow us on: CREDITS The 2009-10 UTEP Rifle Information Guide is a publication of the UTEP Media Relations Department. Cover design by Sara West and Angela Olivas. Media Guide layout and design by West and Olivas. Contributing editors: Jeff Darby and Romeo Fierro. Official UTEP photographer is Brian Kanof. Other photography by Christ Chavez, El Paso Convention & Visitors Bureau (Kenny Braun, Fred Golden, Patricia Martin, Paul Dion and David Sabal), El Paso Diablos (Adriana Ruiz), El Paso HeraldPost Archives, El Paso Times (Ruben Ramirez & Mark Lambie), National Park Service (Peter Jones, Eric Leonard and Becky Wiles), The Sun Bowl Association (Trent Hilburn), University Communications (J.R. Hernandez, Laura Trejo), UTEP Library (Special Collections, Claudia Rivers).


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El Paso, Texas University of Texas at El Paso Academic Excellence Miner Athlete Academic Center Community Outreach State-of-the-Art Facilities Miner Village Larry K. Durham Center International Community Rifle Goes Electronic 2009-10 Rifle Outlook 2009-10 Roster Head Coach George Brenzovich Assistant Coach Jose Rodriguez Atenas Bojorquez Josie Burzynski Morgan Glenn Alix Moncada Andrea Palafox Hannah Muegge Xentri Garza 2008-09 Scores Polls & Honors Team Records Individual NCAA Rules

Andrea Palafox All-American

El Paso, Texas

"The Sun City" E

l Paso culture is intertwined with both American and Mexican heritage and it transcends into a city and community with a unique charm. Our treasures include historical landmarks that tell tales from 400 years ago where missions were settled, roads were traveled and desperados ran throughout downtown.


l Paso lies at the intersection of three states (Texas, New Mexico, and Chihuahua) and two countries (USA and Mexico). Together, El Paso, Ciudad Juarez and Las Cruces, N.M., make up the largest international metroplex in the world.


l Paso is at the western most tip of Texas. It is closer to five other state capitals than our own capital of Austin.


ur region’s history spans more than 400 years and blends Native American, Spanish, Mexican and American cowboy roots into one unique culture where diversity is embraced and celebrated. El Paso was the site of the first actual Thanksgiving in April 1598, predating the Pilgrims by 23 years.


l Paso features the oldest continuously operating missions in the country.


he fourth-largest city in Texas and the 22nd-largest in the United States, El Paso is the thirdsafest city in the U.S., according to FBI data.

Enjoy the adventure


s you enter the city of sun and smiles, your eyes go straight to the majestic mountains that lie in the heart of our city. Our distinctive landscape makes us unlike any other city in Texas. With more than 300 days of sun, you can enjoy endless miles of nature’s playground in El Paso any time of the year.

Carlsbad Caverns

Hueco Tanks National park

the facts:

Big Bend National Park

Guadalupe national Park

Area: 250.9 sq. miles Population: 700,000 Climate: Sunny and dry Days of Yearly Sunshine: 316 Days of Precipitation: 49 Average Yearly Temperature: December-February: High 59/low 31 March-May: High 79/low 68 June-August: High 96/low 66 September-November: High 77/low 50 Mountains: Franklin Mountains Rivers: Rio Grande Parks: Over 200

Elephant Butte Lake STate Park


l Paso embodies a blend of cultures as unique as its city’s landscape. From boots to Broadway shows, Bistros to barbeques, El Paso’s got it all.

Ski Apache

White Sands National monument

Men's Health Magazine named El Paso the second happiest city in America.

The Weather:

Mean High Temperature: 76.8º F Mean Low Temperature: 50.6º F Mean Number of Days With Sunshine: 316 Yearly Amount of Rainfall: 8.61 in

Experience the entertainment


ur historic downtown has transformed into a rejuvenated place for families, couples, friends and strangers to come together and enjoy great entertainment. From theater shows, museums, galleries and a slew of local hot spots, El Paso's downtown comes alive day or night.

In October 2005, Entrepreneur Magazine ranked El Paso as the No. 1 midsize city in the United States on its hot cities for Entrepreneurs list.


l Paso has action-packed outdoor sporting events throughout the year like the Brut Sun Bowl, Texas vs. The Nation Football Game, El Paso Generals (arena football), El Paso Diables (baseball), El Paso Rhinos (hockey), El Paso Patriots (soccer), El Paso Marathon, the Southwest International Livestock Show & Rodeo, Celebration of our Mountains.


nnual events in El Paso include festivals such as the Siglo de Oro Drama Festival, the Downtown Street Festival, Fiesta de las Flores, Amigo Airsho and the Bi-National Dia De Los Muertos Celebration; summer outdoor concerts - like Alfresco Fridays! and Music Under the Stars - are free and filled with great entertainment.

The University of

Texas at el paso


TEP enrolls nearly 20,000 students in 81 bachelor’s degrees, more than 70 master’s-level degrees and programs and 14 doctorates – with more on the way. UTEP also offers cooperative Ph.D. programs in pharmacy and nursing with U.T. Austin and the U.T. Health Sciences Center at Houston.


nder the leadership of our top-notch faculty researchers, our students are working on new methods for refining oil using nanotechnology; and creating sustainable water supplies and new desalination technologies.


TEP is also one of only 20 schools in the U.S. recognized by the National Survey of Student Engagement for creating “a campus culture that fosters success.�


ith more than 170 organizations ranging from academic/professional to social and service groups, we’re sure you’ll find a way to get involved.


TEP is adding 260,000 square feet using $124 million. Included is an $85 million Physical Science and Engineering building and a $60 million nursing education center.


he majority of the university’s 90 buildings feature Bhutanese-style architecture. Most notable are the dark bands of brick with mosaic titles in the shape of mandalas, the symbol of unity and wholeness – inspiring those who visit, teach, learn and dream here.


he campus architecture is a rare example of the dzong style seen outside the Himalayas – the university hosts the Chenrezig Himalayan Cultural Center of El Paso.


TEP is among a few education institutions across the nation to receive several top-name prestigious grants, including the Teachers for the New Era from the Carnegie Corporation; the Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education; and the Mathematics and Science Partnership from the National Science Foundation. “From every vantage point, UTEP seems to be gaining momentum, moving faster, accelerating the pace at which we are setting and achieving even more ambitious goals.” Dr. Diana Natalicio UTEP President


e’re studying a person’s memory of a crime to improve eyewitness identification techniques, and we’re using biomechanical engineering to improve footwear design.


e are working with rapid-prototyping technology to create surgical models. We’re excavating prehistoric villages for clues about ancient indigenous culture.


TEP ranks among the top UT System academic institutions in research spending - $46 million a year - and makes the most of its distinctive strengths in the areas of biomedical, health and Hispanic-health disparities; border security; environmental and Earth science; emerging technologies; borderland arts and humanities; and the education of U.S. Hispanics.


ur unique programs give students an edge, preparing them to compete in specialized fields. Among them are the Law School Preparation Institute, the Medical Professions Institute and the Ruben Salazar Spanish-Language Media Program.

academic excellence U

TEP’s nationally-recognized academic programs and innovative research provide students a universe of opportunities.


he National Science Foundation has designated UTEP a Model Institution for Excellence – one of only six in the country.

“Through academic program recognitions, individual student and faculty successes, research breakthroughs, and athletic accomplishments, UTEP has increasingly stepped into the spotlight.” --Dr. Diana Natalicio, UTEP President


TEP and Conference USA are committed to academic excellence. We play a vital role in encouraging an environment of and setting high expectations for academic success. C-USA offers academic awards programs to honor the academic achievements of C-USA student-athletes and publicly recognizes their accomplishments at the conference level.

Miner Athlete Academic Center


he MINER ATHLETE ACADEMIC CENTER (MAAC) was created to provide academic support services to all UTEP student-athletes and is conveniently located in the center of campus. Recognizing that one of a student-athletes’ greatest challenges is maintaining the balance between academics and athletics, each sport is assigned an athletic academic advisor whose primary responsibilities are to serve as an advisor and mentor for student-athletes; to assist with educational goal setting, degree plans, and course selection; to track academic progress and to calculate and certify NCAA academic eligibility.


he MAAC is dedicated to promoting the individual and educational goals of each UTEP student-athlete and ensuring compliance with UTEP, Conference USA and NCAA academic eligibility standards.


n April 2007, UTEP finished a complete renovation to expand the MAAC facility from 2,000 to 6,900 square feet. The new facility includes a computer lab with 50 computers and four laser printers, nine rooms for individual tutoring appointments, a large quiet area for study hall and classrooms for group tutoring.


he MAAC offers a Three-Part Academic Support Program designed to assist student-athletes in developing time management and study skills. The program includes mentoring, oneon-one tutoring, and large areas devoted to focused study time.

Community Outreach T

he Miner S.U.C.C.E.S.S. LIFE SKILLS program supports efforts of every studentathlete toward intellectual development and graduation, uses athletics as preparation for success in life, meets the changing needs of student-athletes, promotes respect for diversity among student-athletes, enhances interpersonal relationships in the lives of student-athletes, assists student-athletes in building positive self-esteem, enables student-athletes to make meaningful contributions to their communities, promotes ownership by the student-athletes of their academic, athletic, personal and social responsibilities, enhances partnerships between the NCAA, member institutions and their communities for the purpose of education, and encourages the development of leadership skills.


TEPAthletics is operated in harmony with the university’s stated mission and is committed to the intellectual, cultural, physical and social development of studentathletes. In particular, the intercollegiate athletics program serves as an educational opportunity for student-athletes and as a focal point to bring the student body, faculty and community together.


very UTEP student-athlete has numerous opportunities to participate in community service provided by the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and other campus and community organizations.


n important part of college life is selfless service to the university community and the community at large. This commitment provides student-athletes with an opportunity to begin a lifelong habit of volunteerism.


he athletic department and the university seek to provide student-athletes with the coping skills necessary to deal with a variety of life’s challenges; to support the development of a well-balanced lifestyle for student-athletes; and to encourage emotional well-being, personal growth and decision-making skills.

State-of-the-Art facilities

Don Haskins Center

Sun Bowl stadium

Glory Road Field

Swimming and fitness center

FosterยบSTevens Basketball Center

Helen of Troy Softball Complex

UTEP Rifle Range

El Paso Tennis Club

University Field Kidd Field

Memorial Gym

Apartment-Style Living

Miner Village


TEP has added apartment-style living, the first of its kind on campus, to its community. The new UTEP housing, known as Miner Village, features one-bedroom, twobedroom and four-bedroom units. Miner Village also features a community building which houses study rooms, a recreation area, private mail boxes and administrative offices.


iner Village’s 12 apartmentstyle residence halls offer several floor plans, from cozy efficienceis to two-and fourbedroom units. • Local telephone servcie • Basic cable • Internet (WiFi) access • Laundry Facilities • Free campus parking • 24-hour campus security • Recreational areas • Full kitchens • All utilities included


he units are within walking distance to lectures, labs and other activities, as wells as short distance from the Sun Bowl and the Don Haskins Center.


here are no extended monthly fees in Miner Village – all utilities are included. The units also feature basic cable, free internet access (including WiFi), laundry facilities, recreation areas, independently controlled refrigerated air, local telephone service and voice messaging.

Larry K. Durham Center T

he Larry K. Durham Sports Center opened its doors in August 2002. Named for successful businessman and former Miner football standout Larry Durham, the 65,000-square foot building is situated adjacent to the Sun Bowl.

OTHER DURHAM CENTER FEATURES Six football positional meeting rooms; one large football meeting room; separate locker rooms for male and female students and coaches. ATHLETE EQUIPMENT CENTER Features include: six dryers and three washers; upper space for storage, sewing machine, etc.; 160 small lockers for studentathletes to store uniforms and practice gear. HUMAN PERFORMANCE AND BIO MECHANICS LABORATORY A Kinesiology lab for students.



eatures 14 computers which are utilized by student-athletes between classes and prior to practice...student-athlete lounge has three TVs, vending machines, etc.



ncompasses 4,798 square feet of space (old training room was 2,064 square feet), and is utilized by all UTEP student-athletes...features include: taping and treatment areas; one hot and one cold whirlpool in the Hydro Therapy Center; X-ray and exam rooms.

The LKD...a top-notch facility HALL OF CHAMPIONS


onoring UTEP’s athletic heritage...the room is utilized for university and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics receptions and functions...features include: 11 flat screen TVs (three hanging, eight set into wall); seven swivel banners, showcasing sports currently sponsored by UTEP; and photos of football great Ken Heineman, track and field standout Suleiman Nyambui and the 1966 national champion Miner men’s basketball team.



eatures include: 12 coaches’ offices and one conference room; business center; video equipment room; kitchenette and storage area.



irst-class and luxurious with 120 individually milled wooden lockers...also features an open meeting area, showers and bathroom facilities.



oasts 11,420 square feet of space (old weight room was less than 5,000 square feet), and is utilized by all UTEP student-athletes...features include: open space with 22 stations for all Olympic lifting; all-new equipment; two office areas, one storage area and a juice bar.

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Spain country and understand how exciting and rewarding studying inΚαλώς 歡迎 ようこそ ορίσατε Välkommen Benvenuto Welcome Bienvenido another country can be. Marta micula • Тавтай Poland морилогтун 歡迎 Vítáme tøê 환영합니다 Aloha Добродошли Binvinutu Vitajte Hoş geldin Ngiyakwemukela Bienvenue ‫ אבה‬Merħba Üdvözlet ‫ لهس و ًاله‬Menjuah-juah! Horas! Selamat datang Andrea Palafox •‫ךורב‬ Mexico Dobrodošli Willkommen Қош келдіңіз! Laipni lüdzam Bem-vindo Soo dhowow

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Electronic Scoring I

a new era

n October of 2007, the Miners moved into a new era, making the switch from paper targets to an electronic scoring system. Now competitors and spectators can visually see each rifle shot as it happens.


he new technology allows for more accurate scoring, as paper targets were scored using a magnifying glass and the naked eye.




pectators are able to keep an eye on each individual shooter and track team scoring with results being flashed across screens. With the new system, shooters also have the ability to monitor their shots.


2009-10 Outlook

The consistency UTEP’s rifle team has shown

The Miners will also be looking to Andrea

in recent seasons has been rewarded by sending

Palafox to build on the achievements of her freshman

representatives to Nationals in four of the past five

campaign when she was named an All-American. Her

years. The Miners have also consistently finished in

583 aggregate was the second-highest team total as a

the nation’s Top 10, ranking ninth nationally in 2008-

freshman. Fellow sophomore Alix Moncada stormed


onto the scene as a freshman at mid-season and

The Miners return five letterwinners and add

participated in the last four matches. She qualified

two freshmen to this year’s squad. Though the team

to participate in the NCAA Championships along

is still relatively young, it has plenty of talent and

with Burzynski. While she fell just two points short of


qualifying for the final round, Moncada finished the year ranked eighth nationally. Moncada calculated the highest combined team average in air rifle (585) with all of her scores over 580.

UTEP will look to start the year off on the right

note, hosting Nevada at the UTEP Rifle Range on October 3rd in an all-day event.

Morgan Glenn, the team’s lone senior, has

been an integral part of the team the past three seasons. This year she will be looking to surpass her career-high of 577 in air rifle that she at Nevada last season.

Josie Burzynski enters her junior year looking

to build on the success of last season. Burzynski ranked 18th nationally in air rifle after she fired 581 at the NCAA Championships last year. 32


2009-10 Roster Breakdown 2009-10 RIFLE ROSTER


Freshman (2) Xentri Garza Hannah Muegge Sophomore (3) Atenas Bojorquez Alix Moncada Andrea Palafox Junior (1) Josie Burzynski Senior (1) Morgan Glenn

Atenas Bojorquez......................SO El Paso, Texas Josie Burzynski...........................JR Stratford, Connecticut Xentri Garza............................... FR Fort Worth, Texas Morgan Glenn............................ SR Bilings, Montana Alix Moncada.............................SO Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico Hannah Muegge........................ FR Boling, Texas Andrea Palafox...........................SO Guanajuato, Guanajuato. Mexico



Connecticut (1) Josie Burzynski Mexico (2) Andrea Palafox Alix Moncada Montana (1) Morgan Glenn Texas (3) Atenas Bojorquez Xentri Garza Hannah Muegge


George Brenzovich Head Coach 10th Season King’s College ‘69 George Brenzovich is beginning his 10th season at the helm of the UTEP team after spending over 18 years running the rifle program at King’s College in Pennsylvania. Brenzovich has coached 10 All-Americans -- six at King’s College and six at UTEP. Brenzovich led King’s College to its first appearance as a team at nationals in 1979, marking the first time that a Division III program has reached the championships. In all, Brenzovich’s teams have made three national championship appearances and won 18 conference titles. UTEP has qualified for the NCAA Championships as team once during Brenzovich’s tenure, and eight individuals have participated in the championships. Prior to coaching, Brenzovich shot as a collegian at King’s College, earning four letters in rifle. He was the team champion for four straight years, while leading King’s College to a pair of conference titles. A native of Fredricktown, Pa., Brenzovich also teaches Kinesiology classes on basic rifle, pistol, shotgun, muzzle loader and marksmanship at UTEP, as well as a class on coaching principles and coaching certification under the American Sport Education Program. He is also an instructor for the concealed handgun license for the State of Texas Department of Public Safety. He is a member of USA Shooting and the National Rifle Association. A life-long member, he served as the 2005 president of the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association. Brenzovich also served as the director of the Civilian Marksmanship Program for the State of Texas. He is certified as a 4-H Shooting sports instructor, as well as a Texas Parks and Wildlife Hunter Education Instructor. He was just recently appointed an area chief for the training of instructors for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Hunter Education Program.



Jose Rodriguez Assistant Coach Fourth Season UTEP ‘87 Jose Rodriguez begins his third season as a volunteer assistant rifle coach for the Miners. Rodriguez is no stranger to the UTEP rifle program. He competed as a team member from 1980-81. A competitive shooter since the age of 12, Rodriguez won the 300-yard bulls eye Texas Junior Championship in 1973. He went on to compete at Riverside High School where he became the school district individual champion from 1975-79, all the while competing in the Daisy Marksmanship Training Program. Rodriguez has competed in smallbore and air rifle nationally and internationally. He is the past state Highpower/Hunter Metallic Silhouette Champion in the states of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. He is a current member of the United States Metallic Silhouette Association and a team captain who competed in Bloemfontein, South Africa, in September of 2006. He won Gold in the Air Rifle Silhouette, Silver in Highpower Rifle, and Bronze in Smallbore Rifle Silhouettte. A native of El Paso, Texas, Rodriguez earned his bachelor’s degree in microbiology from UTEP in 1987. He has worked as a physician assistant in neurology and emergency medicine for the past 14 years in El Paso. Rodriguez and his wife, Raquel, have a daughter, Karla, and son, Eduardo, and two grandchildren Amaris and Naiara.



Atenas Bojorquez Sophomore El Paso, Texas Del Valle H.S. 2008-09 (Freshman): Participated in five of 12 air rifle matches … recorded a season-best 573 vs. Alaska. High School: Placed second at the 2007 Sport Shooter UTEP JROTC Invitational Military Skills meets … a member of the 2008 JROTC Western Region Championship precision team. Personal: Atenas Libertad Bojorquez is the daughter of Miguel Bojorquez and Alejandra del Carmen Rios … born Aug. 20, 1990 in Los Mochis, Sinaloa … has one brother Armando (30) and two sisters Alejandra (26) and Alcaraz (22) … majoring in Kinesiology.

By the numbers Opponent Alaska Alaska Nevada Air Force/Ole Miss Nevada Ole Miss Air Force Alaska Nevada TCU TCU Nevada Aggregate



Josie Burzynski Junior Stratford, Conn. Bunnel H.S. 2008-09 (Sophomore): Finished the season ranked 18th nationally after firing 581 on the final day of the NCAA Championships ... topped the 580-mark seven times during the season in air rifle, including a personal-best 588 vs. Nevada in the NCAA Qualifier ... participated in all 12 smallbore and 13 air rifle matches … recorded a season-best 578 in smallbore vs. TCU ... qualified for her fourth consecutive Junior Olympic Rifle Championships ... competed in USA Shooting National Championships in Ft. Benning, Ga. ... garnered a first-place finish at the NRA Nationals 3P Any Sight Team Match. 2007-08 (Freshman): Participated in all 11 smallbore and air rifle matches for UTEP ... fired a personal-best score of 581 in air gun at Alaska-Fairbanks ... averaged 577.18 for the Miners in air rifle ... competed in USA Shooting 3x Air competition ... finished second in the Connecticut State 3P NRA Regional ... placed third in New Jersey State 3P NRA Regional ... held a total of nine NRA national records in smallbore ... competed in USA Shooting National Championships in Ft. Benning, Ga. High School: Connecticut state high school champion in 2006 and 2007 ... set seven NRA national records in smallbore rifle. Personal: Josephine Lorraine Burzynski is the daughter of Michael and Lenore Burzynski ... born Aug. 31, 1989 in Bridgeport, Conn. ... has one brother, Michael Jr. ... nickname is “Josie.”

By the numbers Opponent Alaska Alaska Nevada Air Force/Ole Miss Nevada Ole Miss Air Force Alaska Nevada TCU TCU Nevada NCAA Championship Aggregate

SB/AR 574/578 573/582 565/581 563/586 566/585 569/579 570/572 577/569 565/576 565/576 578/584 571/588 DNP/581 570/580 37


Xentri Garza Freshman Fort Worth, Texas R.L. Paschal H.S. High School: The 2008 American Legion National Champion … led R.L. Paschal High School to the district title from 2006-08 … four-year member of JROTC. Personal: Xentri Vaughn Garza is the daughter of Mario and Victoria Garza … born March 12, 1991 in Holland, Mich. … has one brother, Marcos Garza (15) … majoring in psychology.



Morgan Glenn Senior Billings, Mont.

2008-09 (Junior): Recipient of the Conference USA Spirit Award ... tabbed Academic All-American by the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association … participated in nine of 12 matches … recorded a season-high of 577 in air gun at Nevada ... member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee ... named to the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll. 2007-08 (Sophomore): Fired in nine of 11 matches, posting averages of 569 and 566 in air rifle and smallbore, respectively … registered a top score of 576 in air rifle at the NCAA Qualifier ... named to the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll. 2006-07 (Freshman): Participated in seven smallbore and eight air rifle events ... notched a season best in smallbore with 558 against Nevada, Air Force and Wyoming ... recorded scores above 560 in five air rifle matches ... named to the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll. Prior to UTEP: A member of the Yellow Stone Rifle Club and Laurel Rifle Club ... five-year participant at the National Junior Olympics from 1999-2005 ... won a gold medal at USA Nationals in Virginia in 2003 ... fired her way to top female in the state of Montana in 2004 and 2005. Personal: Morgan Alexis Glenn is the daughter of Tracy and Kathy Glenn ... born Feb. 23, 1988 in Billings, Mont. ... has one sister, Rachel, who was a four-year letterwinner on UTEP’s rifle team.

By the numbers

Opponent Alaska Alaska Nevada Air Force/Ole Miss Nevada Ole Miss Air Force Alaska Nevada TCU TCU Nevada Aggregate

SB/AR 566/576 566/567 550/577 555/567 572/570 564/567 564/573 548/DNP DNP 560/564 DNP DNP 561/571 39


Alix Moncada Sophomore Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico CBTIS 119 2008 (Freshman): Ended the season ranked eighth nationally after firing 586 at the NCAA Air Rifle Championships ... stormed on to the scene at mid-season, participating in UTEP’s final four matches ... fired above the 580-mark in all contests ... twice notched a season-best 587 on her way to a team-high 585 air rifle average ... registered a personalhigh 575 in smallbore vs. Nevada. High School: Participated in eight world cup games while firing air rifle and 3x20 gun ... took bronze at the 2007 Pan American Games ... was the Sportsman of the Year awarded by the her home state of Tamaulipas ... winner of two gold medals and a bronze at the Centeral American Games in 2006. Personal: Alix Rocío Moncada Aguirre is the daughter of Joel Moncada and Rosa Elia Aguirre … born Dec. 7, 1989 in Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico … has two brothers, Joel Adrián (24) and Alan (21).

By the numbers

Opponent Alaska Alaska Nevada Air Force/Ole Miss Nevada Ole Miss Air Force Alaska Nevada TCU TCU Nevada NCAA Championship Aggregate

SB/AR DNP/DNP DNP/DNP DNP/DNP DNP/DNP DNP/DNP DNP/DNP DNP/DNP DNP/DNP 570/587 570/582 574/583 575/587 DNP/586 572/585 40


Hannah Muegge Freshman Boling, Texas Benjamin Franklin Terry H.S. High School: Competed at the 2009 USA Shooting Nationals, garnering the top prize in the Prone High A, the 3P high C and the Air Rifle High B … participated in the 2009 Texas 4-H State Rifle championships, placing third overall … a member of the 2008 United States International Drew Cup ... listed in Who’s Who Among American High School Students, a member of the National Honor Society and graduated in the top 10 percent of her class. Personal: Hannah Ileen Muegge is the daughter of Mark and Connie Muegge … born Oct. 27, 1990 in Richmond, Texas … has one brother, Sam (17) … majoring in accounting.



Andrea Palafox Sophomore Guanajuato, Mexico

2008-09 (Freshman): Tabbed second team All-American in air gun by the Collegiate Coaches Rifle Association … fired over the 580 mark in air gun in nine of 12 matches - the most on the Miner squad ... combined for a season aggregate score of 583, the second highest team total ... registered a season-high mark of 589 at TCU and scored a 588 at Ole Miss ... named to the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

High School: A member of the Mexican National Team … participated in six international meets including the World Cup, Pan American Games and Central American Games … took bronze at the 2006 Cartagena de Indias as part of the Mexican team with 1,653 points … fired a personal best 593 in air rifle and 572 in smallbore …attended Instituto Guanajuato. Personal: Andrea Palafox is the daughter of Marcos Palafox Alcocer and Luz Maria Lopez … born Jan. 26, 1988 in Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico … has two brothers, Marcos (28) and Arturo (24) Palafox … Marcos Palafox Alcocer (father) was part of the Mexican National Team and now coaches a team in Mexico… brother, Marcos Palafox shot for the Mexican National Team from 1999-06.

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Opponent Alaska Alaska Nevada Air Force/Ole Miss Nevada Ole Miss Air Force Alaska Nevada TCU TCU Nevada Aggregate

SB/AR 568/583 571/583 566/577 566/584 560/585 560/588 561/584 560/578 557/584 551/578 579/589 565/585 564/583 42


2008-09 Scores and Stats # 1. 3. 5. 7. 8. 10.

Score 589 589 588 588 587 587 586 585 585 584

Shooter Amber Criss Andrea Palafox Josie Burzynski Andrea Palafox Alix Moncada Alix Moncada Josie Burzynski Josie Burzynski Andrea Palafox Josie Burzynski

TOP 10 AIR RIFLE SCORES Competition Alaska-Fairbanks TCU Nevada Ole Miss Nevada Nevada Air Force/Ole Miss Nevada Nevada TCU

Location El Paso, Texas Fort Worth, Texas El Paso, Texas Oxford, Miss. Reno, Nev. El Paso, Texas El Paso, Texas El Paso, Texas El Paso, Texas Fort Worth, Texas

Date 9/26/08 2/7/09 2/14/09 11/8/08 1/24/09 2/14/09 10/25/08 11/1/08 11/1/08 2/7/09

TOP 10 SMALLBORE SCORES # 1. 2. 3. 6. 7. 10.

Score 579 578 577 577 577 575 574 574 574 573

Rachel Glenn

Shooter Andrea Palafox Josie Burzynski Amber Criss Amber Criss Amber Criss Alix Moncada Josie Burzynski Amber Criss Alix Moncada Amber Criss

Competition TCU TCU Alaska Nevada Ole Miss Nevada Alaska Air Force TCU Nevada

Location Fort Worth, Texas El Paso, Texas Fairbanks, Alaska El Paso, Texas Oxford, Miss. Reno, Nev. Fairbanks, Alaska Colorado Springs, Colo. Fort Worth, Texas El Paso, Texas

Melissa Evans 44

Date 2/7/09 1/31/09 9/27/08 11/1/08 11/8/08 1/24/09 9/26/08 12/4/08 2/7/09 2/14/09


2008-09 Polls and Accolades CRCA ALL-ACADEMIC

Lorena Blanco Anna Crabtree Kayra Davila Melissa Evans Jessie Garay Morgan Glenn Rachel Glenn Amanda Hammel Christina Hernandez Phyllis Kent Sissie Koenig Sarah Mena Sarah Paoletta Alarice Tan Tina Tan


01 05 06, 08 00, 01, 02, 03 07 08,09 05, 06 01 02 93 96, 97 09 01 95 94

Rankings taken from NCAA Championship 1. West Virginia 2. University of Kentucky 3. Jacksonville State 4. Alaska-Fairbanks 5. Texas Christian University 6. U.S. Military Academy 7. U.S. Naval Academy 8. Nevada Rankings taken from regular season qualifing scores 9. UTEP 10. Mississippi 11. Air Force Academy 12. Ohio State 13. Nebraska 14. Murray State 15. Memphis 16. Akron 17. Morehead State 18. Tennessee-Martin 19. North Carolina State 20. Tennessee Tech

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Armando Ayala Brian Bassham Troy Bassham Soma Dutta Rebecca Hamilton Christina Hernandez Wayne Johnson Phyllis Kent Jennifer Oliver Andrea Palafox Sarah Paoletta Deanna Rich Leah Wilcox

94 93 89, 90, 92, 93 90, 91, 92 97, 98, 99 00, 01 89 93 96, 97, 98, 99 09 01, 02 95 05, 06, 07

Christina Hernandez 45


Top Team Records TOP AIR RIFLE Sarah Paoletta

# 1. 2. 3. 4. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Score 2339 2337 2336 2331 2331 2326 2325 2322 2320 2319

Competition TCU Nevada NCAA Qualifier at Air Force at Nevada Nevada Alaska TCU and UMKC Alaska-Fairbanks Alaska-Fairbanks Air Force and Nevada

Date 2/7/09 2/14/09 2/9/07 10/14-15/07 1/24/09 9/26/08 2/3/07 11/18/06 10/21/07 11/13/04

TOP SMALLBORE 2002-2003 Team

# 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 8. 9. 10.

Score 2324 2310 2306 2302 2300 2295 2295 2293 2291 2289 2289

Competition Date Alaska and Air Force 1/15-17/05 Memphis Tiger Open 9/24/04 NCAA Qualifer 2/12/05 Horned Frog Invitational 10/1/05 Ole Miss Invitational 9/25/04 Horned Frog Invitational 10/8/04 U.S. Coast Guard Academy 10/30/04 NCAA Qualifier/NRA Sectionals 2/9/06 TCU 2/7/09 Nevada 10/16/04 TCU and UMKC 2/3/07


1999-2000 TEam

# Score 1. 4657 2. 4649 3. 4630 4. 4621 5. 4614 4614 7. 4607 8. 4606 4606 10. 4603


Competition vs. Air Force and Alaska vs. Alaska and Nebraska at TCU vs. Nevada vs. TCU TCU/UMKC vs. Alaska at Southwestern Invitational at Southwestern Invitational vs. Alaska and Nebraska

Date 1/11/04 1/9/04 2/7/09 2/14/09 1/25/03 2/3/07 11/18/06 1/28/97 2/1/02 1/10/03


Leah Wilcox

Josie Burzynski

Top Individual Records TOP TEN AIR RIFLE PERFORMANCES # 1. 2. 3. 4. 9.

Score 592 591 590 589 589 589 589 589 588 588 588

Shooter Leah Wilcox Leah Wilcox Leah Wilcox Leah Wilcox Leah Wilcox Amber Criss Amber Criss Andrea Palafox Leah Wilcox Josie Burzynski Andrea Palafox

Competition Alaska - Fairbanks TCU and UMKC Ole Miss NCAA Qualifier Ole Miss Invitational Alaska-Fairbanks Alaska TCU Nevada, Air Force, Wyoming Nevada Ole Miss

TOP TEN SMALLBORE PERFORMANCES # 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 7. 9. 10.

Score 590 589 588 586 584 584 583 583 582 581 581 581

Shooter Leah Wilcox Leah Wilcox Leah Wilcox Rachel Glenn Rachel Glenn Amber Criss Kayra Davila Rachel Glenn Rachel Glenn Leah Wilcox Leah Wilcox Leah Wilcox

Competition NCAA Qualifier Alaska and Air Force Air Force and Nevada Horned Frog Invitational NCAA Qualifier/NRA Sectionals TCU Air Force Nevada VMI Triangular Air Force Nevada U.S. Coast Guard Academy


Location El Paso, Texas El Paso, Texas El Paso, Texas Fort Worth, Texas Oxford, Miss. El Paso, Texas Fairbanks, Alaska Fort Worth, Texas El Paso, Texas El Paso, Texas Oxford, Miss.

Location Fort Worth, Texas El Paso, Texas Colorado Springs, Colo. Fort Worth, Texas Fairbanks, Alaska El Paso, Texas. Colorado Springs, Colo. Reno, Nev. Lexington, Va. El Paso, Texas Reno, Nev. El Paso, Texas

Date 11/18/06 2/3/07 11/4/06 2/22/05 9/25/06 10/21/07 9/26/08 2/7/09 11/11/06 2/14/09 11/8/08

Date 2/22/05 1/15-17/05 11/13/04 10/1/05 2/9/06 2/9/07 11/19/05 10/14/06 2/4/06 10/21/06 10/16/04 10/30/04

NCAA Compliance

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Guidelines To the NCAA Rules for Alumni, Faculty and Friends

“Institutional control” of athletics is a fundamental requirement of NCAA legislation. As such, the University of Texas at El Paso is responsible for ensuring that members of the faculty and staff, coaches, studentathletes, alumni, donors, boosters and friends of the institution comply with all applicable NCAA rules. The information below is intended to provide a basic overview of NCAA rules governing UTEP alumni, faculty and friends. Because of the complexity of the rules, the following does not include all applicable situations and should not be relied upon exclusively. UTEP appreciates your interest and support but reminds you that an inappropriate contact or an inadvertent action on your part can jeopardize the eligibility of a prospective or enrolled student-athlete and the university. If you have specific questions, please contact the Athletics Department’s Compliance Office at (915) 747-8607. You Are Considered A “Representative Of UTEP’s Athletics Interests” (i.e., a booster) If You: • Have ever made any type of financial or in-kind contribution to the athletics department, to a specific sport program, or to an athletics booster organization, including purchasing season tickets to athletics events. • Are or have been a member of any organization or agency promoting UTEP athletics. • Have ever helped to arrange or have provided employment for an enrolled student-athlete, a prospective student-athlete, or their parents or relatives. • Have ever assisted in any manner in the recruitment of prospective student-athletes. • Have ever provided benefits to enrolled studentathletes or their families. • Have otherwise promoted the institution’s athletics program in any manner. Once you become a booster, you retain that status FOREVER! A prospective student-athlete (a prospect) is any person who has begun classes for the ninth grade. A prospective student-athlete remains a prospect even after he or she has signed a National Letter of Intent or accepts an offer of financial aid to attend UTEP. The prospect remains a prospect until they report for the first day of classes for a regular term (fall or spring), they participate in a regular squad practice or competition, or they officially register and enroll and attend classes during the summer prior to initial enrollment and receive institutional athletics aid.

Rules Governing Contacts With And Benefits For Student-Athletes NCAA legislation expressly prohibits University supporters from providing “extra benefits” to enrolled studentathletes or their families. An extra benefit is any special arrangement to provide a student-athlete or his/her family a benefit not authorized by NCAA legislation. In general, boosters may not provide anything or make special arrangements for student-athletes or their families that are not available to the general student population. Examples Of Prohibited “Extra Benefits” Include, But Are Not Limited To: • Providing cash or loans in any amount. • Signing or co-signing for a loan or guarantee of bond. • Use of an automobile or other personal property (e.g., boats, summer homes, stereos). • Gifts of any kind, including birthday cards, flowers, holiday gifts and gifts of clothing or equipment. • Any tangible items, including merchandise. • Free or reduced-cost services, rentals, or purchases (e.g., car repairs, legal services, haircuts, meals at local restaurants). • Purchasing complimentary admissions from a student-athlete. • Providing an honorarium to a student-athlete for a speaking engagement. • Providing typing services or other costs associated with school projects or reports. Boosters MAY provide enrolled student-athletes with an occasional home meal, provided the meal takes place at the booster’s home and NOT at a local restaurant establishment. The meal may be catered and must be limited to infrequent or special occasions. The Compliance Office must approve all such meals.

Compliance with NCAA rules is of the highest priority for our athletics program and institution. Even the best-intentioned action on your part may be a violation of NCAA rules. Please remember to ASK before you ACT!

Boosters Are Prohibited From: • Contacting a prospect in person on or off our campus. • Writing or telephoning a prospect or a member of the prospect’s family. • Making arrangements for a prospect or the prospect’s relatives or friends to receive money or financial aid of any kind. • Providing transportation for a prospect or the prospect’s relatives or friends to visit our campus. • Providing free tickets or tickets at a reduced cost for prospects or the prospect’s relatives or friends to attend an athletic event. • Entertaining high school, preparatory school or community college coaches. Boosters Are Permitted To: • Notify our coaches about prospects that may be strong additions to our teams. • Attend high school or two-year college athletic contests or other events where prospects compete, however, boosters may not contact the prospect or the prospect’s relatives. • Continue existing friendships with families of prospects, but boosters may not attempt to recruit the prospect. • Employ a prospect after they have graduated from high school or a two-year college.

UTEP Athletics Compliance Office..... Director of Compliance TBA................................................. (915) 747-8024 Assistant Director of Compliance Jeff Amey........................................ (915) 747-6783 Student Aid Coordinator Fadia Rouhana............................... (915) 747-8604

2009-10 Rifle Information Guide  

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